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force connect to hidden wireless network

On 01/26/2011 05:30 PM, Tom Metro wrote:
> On my Ubuntu desktop I have it configured to automatically connect to m=
> wireless network, and I have the "Available to all users" option checke=
> in Network Manager so the connection gets established before I login to=

> However, it seems to go through periods where it will fail to connect
> prior to X login, and even then it doesn't list my WLAN as an available=

> network. I'm assuming this is because it is a "hidden" network and it
> takes it a while to catch a packet with the SSID.
> At the last BLU meeting I believe I heard Jerry say something about
> using iwconfig to set the ESSID. Is that correct, and if so what are th=
> specifics?
> Also, in my version of Network Manager, if I use the "Connect to hidden=

> wireless network" option, and then select my WLAN profile in the dialog=
> it has all the input fields disabled, including the Connect button, so =
> can't force a connection, short of creating a new profile. I'm guessing=

> this is a bug.
>  -Tom
I had our company SSID hidden, and some times I had to use iwconfig.

iwconfig wlan0 essid "my ssid"
Most of the time, setting this allowed network manager to connect. I
since changed the ssid to broadcast because of several discussions on
this list.

Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at>
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